AWE 17: British Army Offroading with Latest ATMP
British Army Warfighting Experiment 2017
Soldiers from HM Armed Forces performed capabitlity testing of the offroad All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) vehicles at the Army Warfighting Experiment 2017 (AWE 17). The offroad All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) vehicle pictured here is performing casualty evacuation testing. The UK’s MOD have not released further details, but this is clearly a next generation development of the British Army’s existing Supacat ATMP.
The British Army’s current All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP), called ‘Supacat’ after its manufacturer (now part of SC Group), is described as a versatile, lightweight load-carrying amphibious vehicle. It is designed to carry a single NATO standard pallet for re-supply and refuelling missions, and can also be used for casualty evacuation. Fitted with a General Purpose Machine Gun, it can deliver mobile fire support. It is typically used by airborne and air-mobile battalions.
Over 200 personnel from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, 51 Squadron RAF Regiment and 45 Commando, have been putting new and innovative kit and capabilities through their paces on Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire in March 2017, as they took part in the third phase of the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) 17.
AWE 17 has been at the forefront of the drive for world-class innovation at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) in which businesses and organisations, both large and small, were invited to submit solutions to a range of ‘problems’ set by the AWE team and were able to compete on a level playing field.
The All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) was one of 275 initial submissions to AWE17, and one of only 72 products selected for testing at the event.
AWE has been a unique opportunity for the Armed Forces to refine their future requirements by influencing the development of prospective new capabilities, and for industry to understand the requirements of the Armed Forces.
The ‘Experiment’ culminated in a day of demonstrations and industry stands set up around the village of Copehill Down on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, where visitors, both from the military and industry, were able to see the equipment at first hand and to talk to the specialist manufacturers and troops involved.